Space Situational Awareness, Space Traffic Management, and Orbital Debris: Examining Solutions for Emerging Threats

July 22, 2021

Commerce Committee Announces Subcommittee Hearing on Space and Science on July 22, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper, Chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Science, will convene a hearing titled “Space Situational Awareness, Space Traffic Management, and Orbital Debris: Examining Solutions for Emerging Threats” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Reliable space situational awareness (“SSA”) data and civil space traffic management (“STM”) services are critical to enabling continued growth of the innovative commercial space industry.  As the number of satellites in orbit rapidly increases, the nation must redouble its efforts to track and manage objects in space.  Witnesses will discuss the policies, programs, and research needed for effective civil SSA, STM, and orbital debris mitigation.


  • Karina Drees, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
  • Kevin O’Connell, Founder and CEO, Space Economy Rising LLC 
  • Dr. Marcus Holzinger, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Paul Graziani, Co-Founder, Analytical Graphics Inc., and Chief Executive Officer, COMSPOC Corp, Canonsburg, PA
  • Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association


Hearing Details:

Thursday, July 22, 2021

10:00 a.m. EDT

Subcommittee on Space and Science (Hybrid)



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